Five Things Friday #154

Happy Friday!

Well, I’ve finished my first week of self-employment and I’m still trying to figure everything out. On one hand, it’s GREAT, and on the other hand I’ve had days where I feel anxiety start to creep back in and tell me I’m not working enough, not getting enough projects, and not making the most of the additional time I now have. That may be a post for another day, but right now I’m concentrating on doing the best I can and figuring it out as I go. 🙂

This weekend we have no plans, which you know I love. I’m planning on working on a recipe for a post which will give me more time to play around with my camera, but that’s really about it. That, I suppose, and enjoying some of these favorites from the week. Let me know what yours are in the comments!

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1. Nepali Breakfast Tea

I’m always a fan of a good breakfast tea — hello English Breakfast — and to get this one in my monthly Sips By box has been making mornings extra enjoyable this week.

I love black, spicy teas, and this one definitely delivered. I’m often skeptical when a tea is spiced because more often than not I find that it’s too heavy on certain spices and it ends up sitting in my tea cabinet (yes I’ve dedicated a cabinet to tea) untouched. This Nepali Breakfast tea has black pepper, cloves, green cardamom, and cinnamon and is perfect for the cooler weather we’ve been having. I haven’t added milk or sugar as the directions suggest, but doing so would definitely make it more of a filling chai.

Sidenote: if you love tea and want to experience different, curated flavors each month, you can read all about Sips By here and also grab my discount code for 50% off your first box!

2. Vega Protein Shakes

I received two of Vega’s new protein shakes this week, along with two of their new protein + snack bars. Vega has always been one of my favorite plant-based protein powders, so I’m excited to see these new portable shakes for when you’re on the go, hiking (take me back to Vermont), or whenever you need a quick boost of protein, veggies, and vitamins.

Their bars have also been some of my favorites since forever, so I’m sure they make this list too, but I haven’t had a chance to try them yet.

3. Short Dog Leash

Apologies if this isn’t relevant to you because you don’t have a dog, but this leash has really saved the day this week for us with Donut.

Our previous leash was your standard long leash, and while we are still working with her to not pull, she still does it a fair amount. I would often be wrapping the leash around my arm and having to pull it short anyway to prevent her from eating trash (one of her favorite pastimes) and getting too far ahead of me.

Neil bought this 18-inch leash which keeps her right at my side and unable to pull too much. It’s much easier to handle her around other people and in the elevator. It’s also great in the city where there’s a greater population density. We got this one by Leash Boss and so far so good!

4. Pumpkin Spice RXBAR

RXBAR released their seasonal pumpkin spice flavor and I’ve been adding it into my weekly rotation. I know the love-hate divide for pumpkin spice is strong, but I’m definitely a fan. I don’t know that I’ll go as far as obsessing over the lattes, but it’s definitely in my almond butter year round.

5. The Waste Lands by Stephen King

Sorry guys — these books might be making appearances on here until I’m done with them. 🙂

I’m on book three of the Dark Tower series — The Waste Lands — and I’ve been trying to read it whenever I can. While they’re not entirely comparable, this series reminds me of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, which are some of my absolute favorite books. The same “epic journey to a climactic ending” motif is there, so I’ve really been enjoying them as I go.

That’s all for this week guys — have a great weekend!

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9 Comments

  1. September 8, 2017 / 11:39 am

    I’m very intrigued to try the Vega On-the-go Shakes… 🙂

    I tried the RxBar and unfortunately it’s way too sticky/chewy for me. I really wanted to like it 🙁
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  2. September 9, 2017 / 10:53 am

    I love hot tea in the morning!

    And I’ve never talked to anyone else who has read the entire Dark Tower series, so I can’t wait to see what you think of it in its entirety!

  3. September 9, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    Awesome faves!! I’m def looking into that Sips By; I am tea-OBSESSED. Also, so excited about those protein shakes; vega rocks!! Are those in the refrigerated section in the store? And congrats on the first week as a free woman! 😉

  4. September 12, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    I just ate a mixed berry Rx Bar, and now I need this pumpkin one. I’m not a fan of pumpkin spice lattes at all (plain black iced coffee for me, please), but I do hop aboard the pumpkin spice train with most things, especially food! Also, Vega is great. Have you tried Garden of Life? That might be my favorite vegan protein powder. 😉
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  5. Bianca Kendell
    September 16, 2017 / 2:05 am

    Actually, I tried many times to start reading the Dark Tower book series and every time I could not. I do not understand why. I really love to read. It’s just for some reason that this book is really difficult for me. By the way, Lord of the Rings is my favorite book too. And the movies are incredible.
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    • erinsinsidejob
      September 16, 2017 / 7:16 am

      I know the first book was just like of blah for me, but once I got to the second one it was much better. Thanks for reading!!

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